A 65-inch TV is a monolithic black mirror, radiating a dark power. It creates itself the guts of gravity in virtually any room. Furniture becomes inexplicably angled toward it, persons find themselves staring even though it’s off, attracted to the ineffable grace. After all they’re also just really big. Bigger than I usually think they will be.

Once you enter 75-inch and 85-inch territory, TV prices skyrocket. Which used to be true of the 65-inch category, but yearly prices decrease just a lttle bit more. Now, there are a good amount of relatively economical options from companies like TCL, Vizio, and Hisense. One particularly good one may be the Hisense H9F, a 65-inch 4K TV with HDR support, and it will run you about $800. That isn’t harmful to a TV that turns your living room right into a home theater, but here are a few caveats.

Slow but Steady

Unboxing any 65-inch TV is sort of a pain, and the Hisense H9F is no exception-it’s a two-person affair-but once you free it from its cardboard prison, all of those other setup is painless. The stand attaches to the guts of the bottom with some strong screws and stable and reliable support for it. I never felt like my cat would push or pull it over-despite her best efforts.

The H9F runs Android TV, therefore the setup process is quite familiar compared to that of an Android phone. You sign into your Wi-Fi network, get on your Google account, and that is pretty much it. The menus certainly are a little slow and do not always respond as quickly because they might on a higher-end model. I was testing a far more expensive Sony Bravia OLED as well as the H9F, even though the difference between menu responsiveness was pretty negligible, the H9F would often get bogged down and have a second or two to respond even though I wasn’t hunting through various menus.

Talking about hunting, the Google Play Store is merely as simple to use since it is on other Android TVs. Just browse or seek out the streaming services you’re subscribed to, download the apps, and you will easily rearrange them on the house screen interface. Because it’s an Android TV, the H9F doubles as a Chromecast, to help you cast videos and other content straight from your own laptop, phone, tablet, what-have-you with an individual click. It’s super simple to bunch a YouTube video or perhaps a playlist from Spotify without needing to utilize the onscreen keyboard to painstakingly type out your account.

Even if you are already logged directly into your services, looking for content on a TV is always a pain. I came across myself using the cast include a lot. Also you can utilize the remote’s voice feature to translate speech to text rather than utilizing a keyboard, nonetheless it doesn’t always catch every word. The same applies to the Google Assistant integration. The Hisense H9F’s handy remote control is no alternative to a stand-alone Google Assistant speaker just like the Nest Mini.

Color Rich

The H9F can be an amazing choice for movie night. It’s so expansive it fills the area, and moreover, the picture quality is great. Colors are vivid, lush and detailed without bleeding into each other. The colour rendition is subtle and rich-even slight variations between similar colors are often discernible. Once you switch off motion smoothing (and you ought to definitely switch off motion smoothing, I beg you), the display quality is on par with the similarly priced (but smaller) Vizio P-Series.

The screen’s quality is tack-sharp and superior, even in daylight, however, not so much in sunlight. Highlights are detailed, and shadows are rich and inky without losing detail or definition, especially on HDR content, which is rendered beautifully. The H9F supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10, this means you’ll receive more accurate colors to this content creator’s vision.

Despite its strengths, you will notice some light blooming when there’s a dark black background with bright factors in the foreground. The field of stars, for example, in the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (shame they never made a sequel), may actually have slight halos around them. It isn’t a dealbreaker at all and it’s really not distracting, nonetheless it exists and really the only method around that’s to step over the $1,000 price or step way past it and get an OLED.

It’s clear the H9F is a display with quantum dots, making its low price a lot more impressive. If you are unfamiliar, quantum dots are essentially a layer of nanoscale semiconductors which make it easier for TVs to create rich, accurate, and detailed colors without making it that much thicker. In the H9F, the quantum dots really put this TV before its similarly priced competitors.

As a whole, the Hisense H9F may be the option for individuals thinking of buying a 65-inch TV without spending 65-inch TV money. The display quality is excellent, and it itself is of interest and understated. Barring the slow menus, it’s a good 4K TV.